Thurston Chamber recognizes green businesses

April 11, 2013 

Awards season continued Wednesday at a Thurston County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, a day after the Thurston Economic Development Council handed out honors to area businesses on Tuesday.

Wednesday’s event was focused on environmentally green business practices, the sixth year that the chamber has had a green business award program.

A total of 42 businesses, up from 37 last year, were recognized, including those singled out in three categories: small, medium and large.

There were four category winners this year because the small business category produced a tie.

Here are the winners:

Small business: Morton Safford James III AIA Architects and Energy Efficiency First.

Medium business: Earth Friendly Products.

Large business: Red Wind Casino.

The chamber solicited nominations, which were reviewed by a committee of local officials, including those from Puget Sound Energy and the LOTT Clean Water Alliance.

Morton Safford James III AIA Architects of Olympia, in business since 1975, was recognized for using ductless heat pumps, while Energy Efficiency First recycles ink cartridges and scrap metal.

Lacey-based Earth Friendly Products, a manufacturer of green cleaning products, was singled out for installing solar panels on its warehouse in Lacey, while Red Wind Casino has switched to energy-efficient lighting, including dimmers in the gaming floor.

Jacqui Brown Miller was on hand to receive the award for Energy Efficiency First, a business that was launched in 2011 and that grew out of another business called Quality Renovation & Carpentry. Both are run by her husband, Bernie, she said.

Energy Efficiency evaluates and upgrades homes and small businesses to make them more energy efficient, she said.

Among the 42 businesses that also received recognition for being green were Glacier Aviation, Express Employment Professionals, Hometown Property Management, Intercity Transit, Minuteman Press, Olympia Federal Savings and Pellegrino’s Italian Kitchen.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 rboone@theolympian.com theolympian.com/bizblog

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